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What it Means to Be A Man

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Regardless of what school of parenting one is set to follow, a parent in today’s society will encounter the same hurdles as those in previous generations, which implies that they are also at risk for the same sort of pitfalls. Even so, in an increasingly digital society marked by packed schedules, constant striving for perfection and an overabundance of “straight talk,” there is some toxic and/or macho type of phrases that parents should avoid, particularly when speaking to their boys. In doing so, perhaps we can redefine what it means to be a man. In a recent article by Fatherly, Jeremy Brown says that in an effort to raise strong boys, parents have inadvertently created damaged men. Is this based…

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PTSD Awareness Month

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after experiencing a traumatic experience and affects 8% of the population, according to the National Center for PTSD. PTSD used to be discussed mostly in the context of war veterans; however, more information and awareness has been brought to light in recent years that demonstrates PTSD can happen to anyone who experiences trauma. PTSD involves an array of symptoms and every individual experience and reaction to that trauma can be different. While military combat can be one of the precipitants of PTSD, there are many traumatic experiences that can cause PTSD. These causes may include: near death experiences, violent personal assaults, sexual abuse, being held hostage, experiencing a natural disaster, terrorist attacks, witnessing death,…

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Suicide: A Growing Epidemic

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As a stark reminder of the tremendous toll of suicide, the recent deaths of chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade have once again shined the spotlight on the growing epidemic of suicide in the United States. In a recent article featured in the public health section of National Public Radio (NPR) online, Nell Greenfieldboyce reports that suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the last two decades, with half of the states experiencing an increase of more than 30 percent. This includes men and women, as well as all ethnic groups and those living in both urban and rural areas. In response, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected data on…

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Gas Lighting & Other Love Bombs

By: Kayla Tricaso, Office Manager Anyone who has been in a relationship with someone who falls on the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) spectrum knows how painful, stressful, and confusing the relationship can be. Dating someone with NPD can feel like a rollercoaster; one second you’re on cloud nine and the next it can feel like you’re plummeting from a thousand feet. A person with NPD traits will be on their best behavior in the beginning and their partners often feel as if it’s the most passionate and intense love they’ve ever experienced. Unfortunately, when the mask comes off, a different side of the NPD partner comes out. The tactics that people with NPD employ are often so covert that they…

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Who’s to Blame?

By Kayla Tricaso
Office Manager
Triune Therapy Group

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The victim, the perpetrator, or the peanut gallery? The following is an account of several stories and experiences and does not reflect one individual’s experience. Names have been changed for anonymity. Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault/Rape “You have to stay off Facebook.” That sentence had become a daily mantra for Sarah. As much as she wanted to receive updates on which of her high school friends were getting engaged or having children, lately, stepping into Facebook, or really any social media platform, is emotionally exhausting. I’m not talking about seeing your friends and family’s posts about politics, although that’s exhausting on a different level. I’m talking about the uncomfortable, and oftentimes hurtful discourse around sexual assault. When the avalanche of stories…

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Safe Dating in a Complex Culture

By Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT,
Co-Founder & Clinical Director,
Triune Therapy Group

Your are worthy of love.

We live in a culture which seems to scorn basic needs for intimacy, closeness, and dependency while exalting independence, yet at the same, many people feel pressured to find a partner. People spend months, if not years obsessing over finding “the one.” There are countless dating sites, dating apps, meet ups, and speed dating events that people participate in in order to find a companion. According to John Bowlby, the psychologist who pioneered attachment theory in the 1950’s, “our need for someone to share our lives with is part of our genetic makeup and has nothing to do with how much we love ourselves or how fulfilled we feel on our own…attachment is an integral part of human behavior throughout…

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Being of Service

By Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT,
Co-Founder & Clinical Director,
Triune Therapy Group

Being of service.

Like many others my story of recovery started with a spiritual, emotional, and physical bottom, a moment of incomprehensible demoralization. I couldn’t look at anyone in the eye; I couldn’t stand to look at myself in the mirror. I was in so much shame and hopelessness that I stood outside the doors, stalking this 12-step meeting because I was too afraid to go in. To quote my first sponsor, “I may not have been thinking much of myself, but I was all I thought about.” All day and night I ruminated on my resentments, my regrets, my lost relationships, all the pain I had caused others, how many people were disappointed in me or thought I was crazy, my broken…

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The Gift of Sanity – 5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays

By Kayla Tricaso
Administrative & Intake Coordinator
Triune Therapy Group

The gift of sanity.

“You chose your family over me. Don’t be surprised if you come back to LA and I’ve killed myself.”The text from my boyfriend was the first notification I received when I turned my phone off airplane mode upon landing in my hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Coming home for Christmas never felt as joyous as it should have been. Everything around me-people clad in red and green Christmas gear, decorated Christmas trees in every visible direction, and the nonstop loop of classic cheery Christmas songs-indicated that this time of year is a celebration. I want to feel that innate happiness, but in my reality, Christmas feels like a party I wasn’t invited to but somehow ended up at anyway. As…

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